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Amid the buzz of the Nov. 20 Democratic debate in Georgia, you may have missed that former Pres. Barack Obama was in town for another event.  He delivered the keynote address at the GreenBuild International Conference in Atlanta.  


New data from the Associated Press reveal more than a thousand failing dams in the U.S. that could have catastrophic consequences if they gave out. Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Grant Blankenship analyzed the information and learned Georgia is one of the most at-risk states. Find out which dams could cause the most damage for surrounding communities.


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Karen Head is executive director of the communication center at Georgia Institute of Technology. She's also the Waffle House Poet Laureate. The designation came after a Waffle House fouondation-funded poetry tour project for under-served Georgia high school students.

Head's newest collection of poem is called Lost on Purpose. She stopped by On Second Thought to share her recommendations for the "Southern Reading List." For the series, we invite authors and readers to talk about books that define and reflect the South. 


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Georgia Tech’s men's basketball program filed an appeal Friday against sanctions imposed by the NCAA Committee on Infractions.

The Yellow Jackets were banned from post-season play this year, placed on four-year probation, and fined $5,000 and 2% of their budget. This came after the NCAA accused the school of allowing boosters to interact with student athletes and later committing violations.

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The Georgia Institute of Technology has a new president. Ángel Cabrera has been on the job for just under two months.

He formally steps into the role in a ceremony Monday.


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Revisionist History podcast host Malcolm Gladwell's books have opened up new ways to consider human behavior — introducing concepts like "stickiness," the "10,000 hour rule" and The Tipping Point

His newest New York Times best-seller asks why we are so bad at understanding people we don't know. It's called Talking To Strangers. 


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Grammy-winning jazz saxophonist David Sánchez hails from Puerto Rico, but, these days, he calls Atlanta home. Schooled in jazz by the legends, Sánchez is now schooling others as an artist-in-residence at Georgia State University. Tune in for a sample of his new record, Carib a project about exploring the music of the African Diaspora, beginning in the Caribbean.

Georgia Tech was hit with a postseason ban and probation by the NCAA following a decison by the infraction committee.
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Georgia Tech men's basketball team has been banned from 2019-20 post season play. The NCAA Committee on Infractions announced Thursday.

The decisions came after the committee found Georgia Tech allowed two boosters to interact with student athletes, which later led to violations.

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The family of a Georgia Tech student who was shot and killed by a campus police officer has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

The suit also names the university and the Georgia Board of Regents. 


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Artificial intelligence is changing technology and is already shaping the world we live in, from using Siri and Alexa to choosing the best route home from work. However, there is often a gap between way we use AI and the way we imagine its potential for the future  — whether it's discovering a cure for cancer, taking over our jobs, or even turning on us to overtake the planet.

Charles Isbell was named John P. Imlay Jr. Dean at Georgia Tech's College of Computing on July 1. He joined On Second Thought to talk about that gap in understanding.


Atlanta magazine calculates students who graduate from some of Georgia’s largest schools end up with an average of $27,000 in debt. Before it’s time to go back to school, examine the real price of higher education. On Second Thought is joined by freelance journalist Sean Keenan.


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Many celebrations will take place this week commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. We're focusing on Georgia connections to this amazing historical feat, along with the future of space exploration. 

Tiffany Davis is an aerospace engineer. You may have seen her on your timeline with the hashtag, #YesIAmARocketScientist. That hashtag went viral in 2016 after Davis posted it on her Instagram page, announcing her graduation from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


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If there’s one thing Georgia has a ton of — actually a billion tons — it’s trees. The state leads the country in acres of private timberland and volume of timber harvested. Some in the timber industry think we should turn more of that wood into electricity. 


Jeremy Jacobs, Curator Emeritus National Museum of Natural History

In 2008, G. Wayne Clough became the 12th secretary of the Smithsonian. The Douglas native and Georgia Tech president emeritus was the first Southerner to hold the position.

When Clough retired from his post, he decided to write about his birthplace of South Georgia. At the same time, he dove into the Smithsonian's vast collections, searching for artifacts from the region. He shares what he found in his memoir Things New and Strange: A Southerner's Journey through the Smithsonian Collections.


May is Mental Health Awareness Month. College students today increasingly report being affected by depression and anxiety. Barry Schreier, director of the University Counseling Service at the University of Iowa and communications committee chair for the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors, joined On Second Thought to explain the national scope of this problem and told us why exactly students are more stressed, depressed and anxious now than ever before.


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Georgia Power customers and taxpayers have been helping foot the bill for the expansion project at Plant Vogtle, which is billions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule.


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The personal data of 1.3 million current and former faculty, students, and others has been exposed in a security breach at Georgia Tech. 

Tech officials said the university discovered the breach in late March and took action to address it. 

Officials say the breach could include addresses, birth dates and social security numbers, but the full extent of the exposed information is still unknown. 

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Georgia Tech students will be on Georgia’s coast this weekend to test launch a rocket at the proposed spaceport site.

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Rabid fox attacks at Georgia Tech in Atlanta have parts of the university’s campus taped-off like a crime scene and students taking different routes walking to class.

The college tweeted Tuesday that people should be aware of potentially dangerous feral foxes.

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Amid the stress of college finals last semester, two Georgia Tech students died by suicide. National data indicate the problem is not unique to one school. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among college student, and about 1 in 12 students has a suicide plan, according to the National College Health Assessment.

Georgia Tech has been working to address mental health concerns on campus, allocating millions of dollars to expand resources.

Today's show explored social justice through the lens of dance and mental health initiatives across college campuses.

Atlanta choreographer and dancer Raianna Brown joined "On Second Thought" to discuss activism and dance. In 2016, she gained attention online for kneeling during a college football game. Now, Brown is continuing her advocacy with movement. She discussed her new dance production, “Skid," a look at homelessness and gentrification in the metro Atlanta area.

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Sit-ins, marches and rallies often come to mind when people think of activism. Atlanta choreographer and dancer Raianna Brown has another spin on it. In 2016, she gained attention online for kneeling during a college football game. Back then, she was a 22-year old member of the Goldrush dance team at Georgia Institute of Technology.

 

Now, Brown is continuing her advocacy with movement. She visited “On Second Thought” to talk about her new dance production, “Skid.” It’s a celebration of the vulnerability and strength of humanity. Komansé Dance Theater takes a look at homelessness and gentrification in the metro Atlanta area and beyond. 

 


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The number of new international students attending United States colleges has declined in the last two years, but not in Georgia. 

 


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Georgia Tech has hired a new head football coach.

The school's athletic department announced Friday that Geoff Collins will be the new man in charge.  

Collins spent the past two years coaching at Temple University where he led the team to two bowl appearances.

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A Nobel Prize-winning energy expert says Georgia is a leader in clean energy production.

 

 

Singer-songwriter John Legend poses for a group photo with students at a Stacey Abrams campaign event.
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The Democratic candidate for governor in Georgia is hoping that a little star power will provide the boost she needs to win in November. Stacey Abrams' campaign enlisted the help of singer-songwriter John Legend to speak to students in Atlanta on Tuesday.

The award-winning artist was invited by student-led college groups to encourage young adults to register to vote and to support the Democratic candidates on the ticket.

Legend spoke to enthusiastic crowds at college campuses throughout the day ahead of a sold-out private fundraising event Tuesday evening.

Lisa Yaszek, professor of science fiction studies, in front of a bookshelf seated at a table.
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Women have historically been erased from science fiction storytelling, but Lisa Yaszek is working to change that. Her new anthology “The Future Is Female! 25 Classic Science Fiction Stories by Women, from Pulp Pioneers to Ursula K. Le Guin” showcases female pioneers in the genre since the 1920s.

We spoke with Yaszek, who is a professor of science fiction studies at Georgia Tech, about how women have shaped our understanding of technology and identity.

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Sci-fi films typically dominate the box office for premiere weeks. Earlier this year "Black Panther" made more than $1 billion, and last month "Avengers: Infinity War" made $1.5 billion. The upcoming "Solo: A Star Wars Story" is also projected to have huge success.

 

So, why are people fascinated with fantasy and science fiction?

On Second Thought For Friday, April 27, 2018

Apr 27, 2018

It’s been seven months since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. Blackouts continue. Utility crews on the island are still in emergency restoration mode. As recovery continues on the island, Georgia Tech’s Economic Development Lab (EDL) has opened free office space in Atlanta’s Tech Square to entrepreneurs and researchers from Puerto Rico. It's an expansion of a program Georgia Tech has had in place since 2012.

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